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This Weekend, Skip Machismo Spectacle 'Hercules' and Head to Indies Galore; 'Her' and 'Lone Survivor' Go Wide

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by Ryan Lattanzio
January 10, 2014 2:36 PM
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'In Bloom'
'In Bloom'

Her Dir. Spike Jonze, USA | Warner Bros. | Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde | 92% Fresh | The New Yorker: "Sad, kooky, and daunting in equal measure, 'Her' is the right film at the right time." | Our review and TIFF coverage

Lone Survivor Dir. Peter Berg, USA | Universal | Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana | 73% Fresh | AV Club: "For all his directorial shortcomings, Berg has a knack for capturing men at work; his depiction of special-ops maneuvering... is as compelling as the chaotic violence he orchestrates later." | Our review, roundup and Q & A video and interview with Peter Berg

The Rocket Dir. Kim Mordaunt, Australia | Kino Lorber | Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam | 100% Fresh | NYT: "What gives this movie its sting is that, despite Mr. Mordaunt’s insistent attempts at uplift, death hovers over this story at every single moment." | Our review

"Loves Her Gun"
SXSW "Loves Her Gun"

In Bloom Dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili, Georgia | Big World Pictures | Cast: Ana NijaradzeData ZakareishviliLika Babluani, Maiko Ninua | 90% Fresh | Variety: "An absorbing, intelligently assembled coming-of-ager that revolves around two pubescent gal-pals growing up in 1992, just after independence was restored." | Our Palm Springs write-up

Loves Her Gun Dir. Geoff Marslet, USA | Devolver Digital | Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro | 67% Fresh | NYT: "Adopting an appealingly low-key approach to a high-stakes subject, this gently observant drama from Geoff Marslett takes its sweet time introducing the girl to the gun, but when it does, we're all but guaranteed to care." | Our SXSW interview with Trieste Kelly Dunn

The Legend of Hercules Dir. Renny Harlin, USA | Summit Entertainment | Cast: Gaia Weiss, Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee, Scott Adkins | 0% Fresh | RogerEbert.com: "It's a mystery why Harlin and his writers decided to eschew all the juicy bits of Herculean lore for this dull idealized interpretation."

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